PHILOSOPHY OF ART
· Please defend your interpretation of a thinker by citing passages that support it. But don’t quote passage after passage. Instead, put the thinker’s points into your own words and indicate the page on which he or she makes them.
· Your answer must be your own work. You must take care not to incorporate others’ ideas without explicit acknowledgment. If you draw on any external sources, you should do both of the following. First, provide, at the end of your essay or in a footnote, a full bibliographic entry for the source (including the author’s name, the title, the journal, book or other location in which it was published, the year of publication, and the beginning and ending page numbers). Second, every time your ideas rely on that source, credit the additional reading by giving the author’s last name, the year of publication, and the page number in parentheses. Please note that any material taken from the writings of another person must be placed in quotation marks, with the source explicitly cited.
· Your answer is to be handed in D2L by Friday, August 16th by 11:00p.m.
1. Explain the main elements of Schopenhauer’s account of the work of art and how it figures into his philosophical system. How does music in particular constitute an exceptional case within the arts? In the final part of your answer, provide a reasoned evaluation of some aspect of Schopenhauer’s account of art.
2. Explain at least one view of the relation between music and expression that Robinson rejects and why she rejects it, and then her own preferred answer to the relation between music and expression. In the final part of your answer, provide a reasoned evaluation of some aspect of Robinson’s take on the role of expression in music.
3. Explain Davies’s approach to the issue of why we concern ourselves with listening to sad music even though it makes us feel sad. In the final part of your answer, provide a reasoned evaluation of Davies take on why we listen to sad music.
4. Explain the main points of Koelsch’s neural take on emotion and music. In the final part of your answer, provide a reasoned evaluation of some aspect of Koelsch’s neural approach to music and emotion.
5. Explain the two aesthetical models for aesthetical appreciation that Carlson rejects and why he rejects them. Describe Carlson’s preferred model for the appropriate appreciation of the environment. In the final part of your answer, provide a reasoned evaluation of some aspect of Carlson’s preferred model for the aesthetic appreciation of nature.
6. Explain the main points of Brady’s application of aesthetic value to the issue of environment preservation. In the final part of your answer, provide a reasoned evaluation of some aspect of Brady’s approach to aesthetics and environmental preservation.